Travel Theme: Statues


I am always drawn to Buddhist temples when travelling in Asia.The busy temples along the Chao Phraya river in Bangkok, or the quiet Lanna style temples in Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai. The colourful temples, with attached monastery schools for young boys, in Luang Prabang, Laos and the small Buddhist temples dotted throughout the Islamic towns of Java. I attempt to visit them all .


These Statues of Buddha are a few from my Buddha files. They were all taken in Myanmar ( Burma), where the Buddhist Pagodas outdo all others in scale and opulence.

Ailsa’s ‘Where’s My Backpack‘ hosts a weekly travel themed blog every Friday. Check out some of the others.



14 thoughts on “Travel Theme: Statues”

  1. I’ve not yet been to Asia, Francesca, this is on my list of things to do in retirement. But Budda statues are a favourite in my own home and garden. Lovely post!


    1. I hope you do get to travel through Asia now that you are retired. We do a two month trip each year as we are gypsies at heart. It is also warmer than Melbourne.


    1. Chiang Mai has some wonderful Buddhist temples, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is worth catching the bus up the mountain. Really spectacular. I love Chiang Mai- great food, not too busy, excellent Sunday walking market.


  2. I’m contemplating Myanmar for 8 days in October but hubbie isn’t a big fan of temples and wants to go scuba diving instead. I think I’m just going to have to book it. Do you do an organised trip or just wing it? I’m worried about winging it with such a sort amount of time but then I hate the thought of being herded from one place to another!


    1. We didn’t do an organised tour- we never travel that way. We arrived in Yangon, and spent two days there, then found a reliable man with a car, who drove us to Bagan, via Paya, an extraordinary place. We stayed there for a few days, and our driver took us around the old ruins- a bit like Ankor Wat in Cambodia. I didn’t get to Imle lake which I regret. Our driver was really cultured, spoke English well and very kind. It was not expensive at all. The problem with Burma is that the distances are quite long, the infrastructure is not there to cater for inland travel, Yangon the capital ( apart from its temples) is so- so. Expect to spend nine hours in a car to get to the fascinating inland spots. Drivers also know the best places to eat on route. There are plenty of places in the world to Scuba dive- Burma is about its culture and history. Good luck with convincing him. And if you need further info, just get in touch.


  3. They’re always on my list too, Francesca, but I’ve never before seen a bespeckled Buddha! It’s such a modern concept I expected to hear you say you’d seen the statue in a Thai temple, but that it’s from Burma makes it even more ‘interesting’! 🙂


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